IPL 2013: Shane Watson, Sanju Samson star as Rajasthan Royals bt Royal Challengers Bangalore

Shane WatsonShane Watson had a good outing with the ball today. (PTI)

Courtesy three sixes in the last over by seamer Vinay Kumar, the tourists managed to post a competitive 171/6. They were in serious trouble after skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers fell in quick succession, and even 150 looked difficult from there on.

The start was good, middle overs experienced a mixed performance, but the team ended in style.

Chris Gayle looked in ominous touch in his 16-ball 34. The south paw was striking the ball sweetly before Shane Watson removed the belligerent opener.

All of the following batsman -- Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Moises Henriques -- got set, but fell at the wrong moment. The team wanted either one of them to bat through and guide the innings. That, however, didn't happen as Rajasthan Royals were brilliant in the field.

They gave nothing away and kept a check on the flow of runs. Shane Watson used his variations to full effect, and picked three wickets in his quota of overs.

All the bowlers chipped in, but birthday boy James Faulkner, couldn't deliver today. The left-arm seamer went for more than 10 runs per over, and couldn't make any addition to the wickets tally.

Teams

Rajasthan Royals

SR Watson, AM Rahane, R Dravid (c), OA Shah, STR Binny, BJ Hodge, SV Samson†, JP Faulkner, A Chandila, SK Trivedi, S Sreesanth

Royal Challengers Bangalore

CH Gayle, A Mukund, V Kohli(c), AB de Villiers†, SS Tiwary, MC Henriques, R Rampaul, R Vinay Kumar, M Kartik, RP Singh, JD Unadkat

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